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Resources by Topic: Injuries

Exploring the Intersection of Rural Housing Quality and Health: Healthcare Providers and Housing Experts Provide Insight
Focuses on rural housing quality as a social determinant of health. Describes how healthcare, housing, and public health organizations can work together to address housing issues and improve population health. Features a Vermont healthcare system and several national programs working to address rural housing quality.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Health Care Utilization and Outcomes Associated with Accidental Poisonous Mushroom Ingestions — United States, 2016–2018
Examines emergency department visits and hospitalizations associated with accidental poisonous mushroom ingestion. Includes data on ED visits in 2016 by location of patient residence for metropolitan areas and for micropolitan and noncore (rural) areas.
Author(s): Jeremy A.W. Gold, Emily Kiernan, Michael Yeh, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 70(10), 337-341
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Changes in Suicide Rates — United States, 2018–2019
Reports on changes in counts and age-adjusted suicide rates from 2018 to 2019. Includes data by level of county urbanicity for four levels of metropolitan areas and two nonmetro levels, overall and by sex. Also includes data on suicide mechanism of injury by level of urbanization.
Author(s): Deborah M. Stone, Christopher M. Jones, Karin A. Mack
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 70(8), 261-268
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Older Adults, New Mobility, and Automated Vehicles
Discusses how the use of automated vehicles (AVs) and shared mobility options, like carsharing, ridehailing, and others, in public transportation may benefit and harm older adults. Identifies key factors related to older adults' mobility and describes transportation challenges in rural communities.
Author(s): Laura Fraade-Blanar, Nico Larco, Ryan Best, Tiffany Swift, Marjory Blumenthal
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: AARP Public Policy Institute, RAND Corporation, Urbanism Next Center
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Diagnosing and Managing Mild TBI in Rural Kids
Discusses the challenges of diagnosing and treating pediatric mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) in rural areas. Covers recommendations and rules for computerized tomography (CT) scans and symptom assessment, recovery and support for patients, educational resources for patients and families, and telemedicine as an option that increases access to follow-up care for mTBI.
Author(s): Kelly Sarmiento
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Mortality in Rural Areas: Insights from National Research and Community-Based Initiatives
Webinar recording discusses mortality rates in rural and urban areas, as well as the causes of rural mortality. Features presentations from representatives of the Health Resources and Services Administration, the National Center for Health Statistics, and the Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug & Alcohol Commission.
Additional links: Audio Recording, PowerPoint Handout, Webinar Transcript
Date: 11/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Overview of Emergency Department Visits Related to Injuries, by Cause of Injury, 2017
Presents statistics on emergency department (ED) visits related to injuries in 2017. Includes the number of ED visits related to each cause of injury; the percentage of visits that resulted in the patient being admitted or transferred to another hospital; rate of ED visit due to injuries by different population characteristics including age, gender, income, and rural status; and the distribution of primary expected payer for ED visits related to injuries.
Author(s): Audrey J. Weiss, Lawrence D. Reid, Marguerite L. Barrett
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Safety Guidelines for Youth Operating Farm Equipment
Report highlights safety measures for youth ages 15-17 operating farm equipment. Details information on farm equipment hazards and risks for young workers, as well as federal and state regulations. Presents guidelines for the safe use of various forms of farm equipment by young workers.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety
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Traffic Safety Facts, 2018 Data: Passenger Vehicles
Presents national data on traffic crashes involving passenger vehicles. Features statistics from 2009-2018 with breakdowns by vehicle type, time of day, fatalities, and state, among other measures. Highlights crash data in rural versus urban locations.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
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2018 Wisconsin Farm Related Fatalities
Report details the farm fatalities in Wisconsin in 2018. Presents data on the injuries that caused the fatalities, the counties the fatalities occurred in, and the age and occupation of the victims.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: National Farm Medicine Center, University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension
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